Monthly Archives: January 2017

Episode-1942- Edible Ornamentals – Growing Food in Plain Site Even in an HOA

So today I stopped by the TSP Zello channel to say hello and ask for topic suggestions.  There were some great ones but most required me to spend a few days to put together, this one though I can get ready for in about an hour, so it is our topic of the day.

I also like this topic because this is a common problem I hear about from many people.  I want to grow food, I really think my front yard is best but I live in an HOA and the blue hairs will get me, etc.  Additionally growing food in a front yard even without an HOA may be something people want to keep a bit unadvertised for a variety of reasons.

Also while I will discuss some specific plants to grow today I will spend a lot of time on technique.  In general what people (okay idiots) object with front yard gardens isn’t the specific plants, because they don’t know know a beet plant from a hosta in the first place, they object to the pattern, people identify patterns.

In fact the entire sickness of the HOA mentality is an obsession with uniformity of pattern.  A McMansion is supposed to look a certain way, cars should be in garages, grass should be mowed and edged, etc.  Drive up and down any HOA style neighborhood and you will see a modern Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood, 5 or six houses repeted over and over with some variances of color.  Mail boxes lined up a certain way, etc.  This sickness once understood becomes our weapon of choice.

Join Me Today To Discuss….

  • Understanding HPOS (HOA Pattern Obsession Syndrome)
  • Know the rules, percentage of grass, number of trees, height restrictions, etc.
  • Switch to an organic program for lawn maintenance -see links for this below
  • Measure your working area and deign in islands and edges within the rules
  • Install irrigation to all locations, drip is best if you can do so
  • Do use things like landscape fabric and mulches, (natural)
  • Look at what your neighbors do, mimic the patterns
  • Plant non edibles with your edibles
  • Use dwarf or semi dwarf trees, shrubs and bushes
  • Definitely grow annuals though out the season with succession planting
  • Give away some easy to grow “pretty plants” like Rainbow Chard
  • Build retaining walls for deeper fills of soil
  • Utilize edges, as this is expected by people with HPOS
  • Utilize large containers
    • Some Great Annuals to Grow in this System
      • Herbs especially purple basil
      • Rainbow Chard
      • Red Beets – for the tops
      • Sweet Potato – as a ground cover
      • Calendula
      • Nasturtium
      • Ornamental Hot Peppers
      • Various lettuces
      • Scarlet Runner Beans
      • Kale
    • Perennials
      • Dwarf Pomegranite
      • Dwarf Peach
      • Blueberries
      • Feijoa
      • Figs
      • Chives
      • Day Lilies
      • Roses
      • Nanking or Hanson’s Cherry
      • Dwarf Mulberry – keep it pruned below bird usage
  • Remember in the end, the key is stay in the rules and stay in the pattern
  • Oh, get the hell out of that HOA ASAP

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Two New Videos On Our Aquaponics and Aquatic Systems

Just a couple of update videos on some of the stuff we are doing at Nine Mile Farm right now.

We cover installing a return line, installing heat tape, the harsh freezes, the plans for a new “Bullhead Hotel” where the new ducks will be brooded and more.

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Black and Decker 20V Lithium Ion Pole Saw – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Black and Decker 20V Lithium Ion Pole Saw.  This item was a needs based purchase and it just happened to be a great one in the end.  As many of you know we had to place my Father-in-Law in a memory care facility this last year.  Once we did that we sold his house to help keep him at this great facility as long as possible.  It really is the best place we found after many months of searching, it is called Silverado and if you ever needs such a place check them out before making a decision.

Anyway in his front yard was a large pecan that he and my son planted many years ago. I decided to take some large limbs from it and have some stuff made for the family from the wood.  I tossed my Oregon Power Now Saw into my truck and headed for his place.

When I got there I looked at this tree and found limbs I could take without ruining its form for the new buyer.  The problem?  None were really safe to take without a pole saw, I had no pole saw.  So off to the local Lowes I went to find something and found this one, figured I’d give it a shot and get the job done, if it was crappy, I’d just return it same day.

Let me tell you, this little sucker cuts and does a great job.  I use it all the time now to lop limbs of the oaks here, this is something I have to do yearly as they constantly coppice back.  I want them all pruned up high enough that you don’t take out an eye walking around.  I have also used it to top quite a few trees that needed to come down and were far easier to fell correctly once topped.

This tool has its limits mind you, it is perfect for the small homesteader that will use it a few times a month or a quarter for the type of work it is intended for.  If you have other Black and Decker stuff with 20V Lithium Ion batteries you can buy it as a bare tool, and if you won’t use it much that makes sense.  However as a battery by itself sells for 30 bucks picking up an extra battery and charger for a 35 bucks makes more sense to me.

So if you need to use a pole saw daily I would say look to a quality gas tool, but if you will have the occasional homestead need, this thing rocks, and it could save you from injury or death.  Some things just should not be done with a regular saw from a ladder or up in a tree.

As a teenager I spent one summer working for Asplundh and did a lot of topping.  I saw two pretty shitty injuries occur to guys that said, “don’t worry I got it”.  Don’t be that guy!  Instead check out the Black and Decker 20V Lithium Ion Pole Saw today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

 

Episode-1941- Listener Feedback for 1-30-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on strip mining, positive debates, anarchism, government, black locust, getting in over your head with projects, aquaponics and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • A concrete example of how the cult of global warming hurts environmentalism
  • Why we enjoy discussions when we disagree with a person
  • How communism and anarchism became intertwined
  • A saying that really explains government
  • Thoughts on black locust
  • The danger of going way over board with prepping and projects
  • Thoughts on carrying a gun with “one in the chamber” or not
  • How might automation effect the post office
  • Understanding grow bed to water ratios in aquaponics
  • An example of yellow journalism and how it can teach critical thinking
  • Why I don’t really like the new freeze dryer from Harvest Right
  • Some plans for Nine Mile Farm going into 2017

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MT Knives Add On Class for the TSP Workshop

Patrick Roehrman will be doing an add on knife making class at the 2017 fall workshop.  Interested students will need to sign up with him directly, you can find full details here.

This is a great opportunity, Patrick will be helping 10 students complete a knife that would easily sell for more than 300 dollars and the price of the class is 300 dollars.  In essence you can choose to decide how you look at it, you are either buying the knife and getting the education for free, or buying the education and getting the knife free, either one is a pretty sweet deal.

The way this will work is, Patrick will be our first instructor with a 1 hour session for all on the general principles of making a knife, this will be best for people buying pre made blanks and handle materials.  Every student will be part of this but it won’t be hands on.

Then for 2 hours a day, plus likely some down time and sessions some don’t wish to attend he will help those who purchase the add on complete an awesome custom knife, one you can’t even buy from him.

Please note this is ONLY FOR STUDENTS OF THE SPRING WORKSHOP who have already secured a seat to it, please do not sign up for this if you are not a student or instructor at the TSP 2017 Fun and Skills Workshop.

To learn more and claim one of the ten spots
go to this link at the MT Knives website.

PS – Please understand that this add on is being 100% run by Patrick, other than purchasing some tools for my shop so students can use them I am not involved, any arrangements, special deals, questions on it need to go to him, not me.  I will have my hands full today making sure all of my students get their info packets, questions answered etc.

Magic Worm Blower – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Magic Worm Blower.  There is an old fisherman’s trick with night crawlers.  You put a split shot about 12-18 inches back from a hook, you then put on a night crawler of part of one and cast it out.  Your line sinks but the bait floats and suspends off the bottom by what ever distance you set the weight back from your hook. 

This trick is used a lot in lake fishing for trout but it works well on many species, like bullhead catfish, bluegills and really anything that you generally catch on a worm.

When I was a kid this really was an old timers trick and the method involved using a hypodermic needle, as no products like the Magic Worm Blower existed.  As the technique became more well known (old timers teach grand kids and kids blab) specific products like this came to market.

Let me say you absolutely can use a needle, I did for years, but you have to buy them by the box and one or two of these will last several seasons of use.

Other than the standard use I want to relay a few innovative ways I have used this simple technology to catch fish when others failed.  Here are three examples.

One night my uncle and I were fishing on a lake called Tuscora in central PA.  Nothing was biting so we defaulted to gigging frogs.  All of the sudden in a cove we heard ton of surface action.   We tossed lures, top water baits all at the sounds and nothing, to this day I don’t know what was being fed on.  I put a #6 eagle claw though the neck of a big night crawler, puffed him up, no weight at all, lobed him at the sounds in the dark.  About a minute later our first hook up, a really big crappie.  We boated about 25 that night, all really big ones, I have never done well on crappie with worms but in this instance it worked.

Some years later as a teen I was fishing some small ponds in summer.  These were ponds stocked every year for “trout rodeos” where kids come fish for prizes.  They put in some really big ones, of course all the dumb fish were fished out within weeks.  All that remained were huge rainbows.  I watched over an over these fish rise, take some fly or emerging fly and descend. Even the floating worm was ignored.

On a hunch I ran to local bait shop and got some meal worms.  I put a very small #12 hook in ones tail, again no weight, a puff of air and tossed  him just past the weed line.  Over the next hour I caught 6 rainbow trout the smallest of which was 17 inches long.

Last one, I was fishing a creek that had also been stocked with trout.  This was another mid summer thing.  The creeks get low and very clear.  The hold over trout are extremely wary of people and will literally dart away as you approach them.

The woods are also thick and over grown an even with wading casting can be a chore.  In general the fish look up stream so you usually approach from down stream and cast ahead and drift back.  There was this one hole, full of brown trout and just no way to get to it from down stream.  I would watch fish rising but could never get close without spooking them.

So on goes a puffed up night crawler with a very small float so I can see where it is going.  I got as close as I could and drifted floating worms down to the pool, BAM!  Again I went home with a stringer long after most people give up on trout for the year.

And I could keep going, I have done the meal worm thing for big bluegills along weed line edges, took tons of small mouths with the conventional rig in slow moving holes in the Susquehanna river and more.  The key with tools like this is to be creative, think beyond the one secrete trick, that ironically everyone knows.

So consider adding the Magic Worm Blower or a similar product to your fishing gear today.  I have eaten well many nights because of this simple tactic of inflating bait.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S.  – You can use a needle, if you have them already for other reasons (like insulin) or know someone who does.  BUT this actually is a better solution.  The needle is not quite as sharp or long, I am more comfortable with kids using this on and adults are less likely to go though the worm with it too.

 

Tickets for the Spring Workshop are Now on Sale

Update – As of 10:30 half of the seats have been sold, get yours before it is gone!

The 2017 Spring Workshop Tickets are now on sale.  They are available for the first 48 hours to MSB members only.  If they are not all sold out in 24 hours they are then available to any and all.  FWIW this almost never happens they almost always sell out in a few hours to say half a day at most.

To sign up now, go to the MSB and log in, in GIANT RED LETTERS it says,

The Link to Sign Up for the Fall Workshop is 

That is followed by giant blue letters with the link.  This is on the home screen when you log in, if you don’t log in you won’t be able to see it.  If you are not a member just to be clear, you can’t sign up until tomorrow if any seats remain, which they likely won’t.

This workshop is 500 dollar a student with a 100 dollar deposit today to hold your seat and balance due when you show up.

This workshop runs for three full days from March 23-25 and students can set up camp sites on Wednesday the 22nd and can camp until Sunday the 26th.  The best airport to fly into is DFW which is about 30 minutes from our home if you pay the five bucks and take the express lane on the way in, it is totally and I mean totally worth the five bucks.

This workshop will consist of 15 different sessions, subjects we will be covering this time are,

  • Knife Making
  • Small Engine Maintenance
  • Homestead Automation
  • Alcohol Infusions
  • Fermented Foods
  • Sous Vide Cooking
  • Building an AR15
  • Roasting Coffee
  • Raising Rabbits
  • The Trump Economic Impact
  • Aquaponics
  • High Density Food Production
  • Homesteading on a Budget
  • Cover Crop Seed Mixes
  • Solar Power
  • Wood Working
  • Special Unadvertised Bonuses

Again to sign up now go to the MSB and log in and come join us for one of the best workshops we have ever done.

Ares Tactical: TSP Business Directory Feature

Tactical Kydex Gear

Ares Tactical

Ares Tactical is our TSP Business Directory feature of the week. Since 2012 Ares Tactical has been manufacturing Kydex holsters, shot shell caddies, magazine pouches, and other accessories for your tactical collection. It all started with the Bodyguard IWB (inside the waistband). Ares was looking for a lightweight and comfortable holster that would also stand up to rugged field conditions. That inspired their first project, and since then they have expanded their line to include MOLLE, thigh, belt, chest, shoulder, and competition holsters and magazine carriers. Ares also has a popular ShotShell Caddy for field and competition use in both 12ga and 20ga.

Holsters by Ares Tactical

Ares offers direct sales from their website and also wholesale to other retailers who with to carry their product. In addition, they will custom design private label products. You can even submit your own design to have a custom printed Kydex holster. What’s even better is that Ares is offering some pretty steep discounts to TSP members and the Law Enforcement community.


Discounts on Kydex Tactical Gear

Ares wants to display your unit patch on the wall in their showroom. In a show of support to the LE/First Responder community, they are offering a 50% discount if you are the first person from your unit or agency to send in your unit patch. Just send Ares an e-mail to see if you are the first. If you qualify you’ll receive a huge discount on any holster in their inventory. TSP listeners can also get a great discount from Ares Tactical. Use the code tspbiz at checkout and show your support for a great TSP community vendor. Ares is owned by a listener and MSB member since 2011.

Custom Kydex Holsters by Ares Tactical

Finding Discounts in the TSP Business Directory

Ares is just one of many businesses in the Directory offering audience members a discount. If you haven’t been to the Business Directory page on TSP in a while, spend some time browsing through the different categories. We’ve had a lot of new listings over the past two months in everything from financial services to news about cryptocurrency. Support small business and shop within the TSP community when you can.

In fact, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Why not get that special someone a unique gift from a cottage industry instead of spending your money at a big-box retail store? Lindsey, if you’re reading this, I’ll take the Bodyguard IWB V2 for the Glock G35. Be sure to select “lefty” and use the code tspbiz at checkout! Probably not happening, but it doesn’t hurt to dream right? Have a great week TSP Nation. I’ll be back next weekend with a feature article on Werkz LLC.

Episode-1940- Expert Council Q&A for 1-27-17

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on caffeine, farming, brokerage accounts, diesel vehicles, bee keeping, survival medicine, ducks and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • Caffeine – The good, bad and ugly – Gary Collins
  • The life of a farmer in the depth of winter – Darby Simpson
  • The skinny on discount brokers – John Pugliano
  • The considerations with a high mileage used diesel vehicle – Steve Harris
  • Setting up bees in the semi tropics of central Florida – Michael Jordan
  • Dealing with crush injuries – Old Doc Bones
  • Duck farming for profit- Jack

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Sponsors of the Day

Websites of the Expert Council Members

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

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Lodge Carbon Steel Seasoned Skillet – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Lodge Carbon Steel Seasoned Skillet.  These are my go to for searing and if you ever go to a professional restaurant where a lot of searing happens you will likely see dozens of these in use, and there is a reason, they work really damn good.

There are quite a few options from 8 inches up to a huge 15 inch one with double handles.  I currently own an 8 and 12 inch and they serve my needs very well.

I am a huge fan of old cast iron but it is heavy and it is not efficient when it comes to getting it hot, what it is good at is staying hot once you get it there.   Thinner carbon steel is efficient at getting hot quickly.  These come pre seasoned and if you use proper care they will stay stick free and last forever.

I really use these the most for searing off meat in two ways.

One –  I will sear steaks and such BEFORE finishing on the grill or in the oven.  They provide the best sear I have ever gotten and if you are finishing in the oven they can go strait in.

Two – For searing after a sous vide cook.  Again they are just the best thing I have found.

In fact I have a confession, since I found Greystone Cookware and got a couple of these, my cast iron is getting awful lonely, the only cast stuff I still use a lot are my dutch ovens.

Lastly as a prepper, I love the efficiency here, if you are ever in a situation where fuel needs to be rationed you want a pan that heats up fast, cooks fast and finishes fast.  So check out Lodge’s Carbon Steel Skillets today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – I first was turned onto this type of pan by Chef Keith Snow when a caller asked about pans to sear at high temps.  I have to credit him for the Greystone Stuff as well.  Both have really made me love cooking even more that I already did.